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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Campbell County Economic Development Awards First Start Small Campbell Business Grant

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RUSTBURG, VA - Campbell County Economic Development awarded $5,000 through the Start Small Campbell Grant Program. Jennifer Swearingen, owner of Bust A Move Dance Academy in Rustburg, Virginia, was selected as the first recipient of the grant. Swearingen recently completed two Start Smart Courses from the Small Business Development Center – Lynchburg Region among other criteria to be eligible for the grant. Bust A Move Dance Academy brings the art of dance appreciation for all ages to the Rustburg area. Students can enjoy weekly evening classes with options such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics.

“Small Businesses are the lifeblood of the American Economy and the Campbell County Board of Supervisors is proud to support new businesses through the Start Small Grant Program. Campbell County is honored that the Swearingen family would choose Rustburg to start their new business. The Rustburg Community welcomes the Bust A Move Dance Academy and we look forward to the many opportunities you will offer to our families and our youngsters to have fun and exercise while they learn the art of dance,” stated Mr. Jon Hardie, Campbell County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Rustburg District Representative.  

Start Small Campbell Grant Program is geared toward any new business employing 200 people or less and starting business for the first time in Campbell County. To be eligible, an application must be submitted, along with a business plan and the completion of two Start Smart Programs through the Small Business Development Center – Lynchburg Region. Applications are reviewed quarterly with four grants awarded each year.

In coordination with the application process of the grant, two Start Smart Training programs are required. The Small Business Development Center – Lynchburg Region offers these programs periodically for businesses to participate in. Businesses that are interested in taking Start Smart Training in conjunction with applying for the Start Small Campbell Grant Program can take advantage of several upcoming trainings:  

Start Smart: Digital Toolbox – November 30, 2021

• Start Smart: Funding Toolbox – December 7, 2021

 Start Smart: Get Your Business Up and Running Lynchburg – December 16, 2021

Reach out to the department with any questions about business development and more at (434) 332-9595, or email at econdev@campbellcountyva.gov.